By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK
It was a mild, mostly cloudy morning with no rain and a temperature of 60 (F) 16 (C)
My first sighting this morning from the Broad St. Bridge was big beautiful Cadence on the top ibeam west corner of OCSR-I drove over to State St. across from the Rochester Plaza Hotel to get closer. You could tell she was looking for her family and she eventually started walking on the ibeam. After getting halfway across she flew off over to the northwest corner of Crossroads.
I left Cadence to look for the rest of the family and as I sat at the traffic light at Church and State St. Beauty and Genesee flew to the south side platform railing of the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT). As I parked on Fitzhugh in front of the Sister Cities parking garage Dot.ca (DC) appeared on the top arm. Beauty was on the southwest corner and Genesee was a few feet to her right on the railing. Genesee had a lot to say to her as she tried to ignore him. I’m sure he wanted breakfast and was demanding she go get some!
Larry was on the Pont de Rennes pedestrian bridge at High Falls and reported that he could see DC but not Beauty and Genesee around 7am. A couple minutes later the Beautyful one and DC flew south in a hurry-Genesee remained and DC returned to land on the middle arm this time. Around 7:15am DC flew to the west out of my view, but Larry said he saw him go near Dutchtown and he didn’t stoop or show a defensive posture.
I left Genesee at this time and as I was driving north on Exchange Blvd. I saw at least 2 falcons fly to the northwest corner of Crossroads. I pulled over and took a pic of one and then I drove down to State St. where there was another on the north side. I don’t know if it was the same bird that moved while I was enroute or if it was a 2nd one. 5 minutes later I spotted Beauty flying from the south with food toward FCT and the juvie flew off after her. When I got over to Fitzhugh St. I saw them jump down to the platform and then there were feathers flying from the south side.
I saw movement and then a juvie walked to the north side of the platform and flew up to the north side platform railing. I went down to the City Hall parking lot to watch and a few minutes later I saw Beauty fly up to the west side platform railing through an opening in the platform. She did some feaking and preening while Genesee flew off after DC who came streaking through from the north-they headed south. Beauty actually announced DC’s approach .
Suddenly I heard a juvie whining so Cadence must have been on the platform eating the leftovers. DC came back to the middle arm and flew off again. A minute later Beauty flew after a kestrel, hitting it over Church St.-it started losing altitude as it flew toward me and then she went after it again and they went out of view over the Sister Cities garage.
I decided to leave and check for the Seneca Towers falcons-I keep hoping to see a juvie or more but no luck in that category yet. As I was crossing the Veterans Memorial Bridge I spotted a falcon on the top window ledge at the north end of the building but it flew off before I could get to a spot where I could pull over. I had a look around the entire building and waited a bit but it never returned so I ended my watch at 9:30am. Seeing all 4 downtown falcons was more than enough to make me smile on watch this morning!
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